Pathe comedy, written and directed by Max Linder. Cast: Max Linder, Marcelle Leuvielle.
The film premiered in France on May 4, 1917 and was released in the U.S. on July 1, 1917.
"Max Linder is seen in a two-reel comedy that combines the scenic beauty of the Riviera with humor of the sort that has made Max famous. Some of the scenes are truly beautiful. The comedy element is rather slow in coming, but when it comes Max gets over a full share of laughs. The story tells of two girls crazy over Max and who later fight a duel over him. But Max gets one of the bullets. Some scenes in the doctor's office are quite funny." (Moving Picture world, June 30, 1917)
Note: The final scenes, where Max went to see a doctor, are missing from this print.
August 4, 2016 Subject:
Inspiration for early Looney Tunes?
An odd film, one of Linder's romantic comedies, mostly flirting rather than romance (but exceptional photography).
Then at 14:30, Max suddenly goes completely screwball, like a prototype for early Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny: he pesters people, gets the best of them, then merrily and gracefully dances away. So, in the end it's hilarious but, unfortunately, takes too long to set the joke up.
Still, he is so much fun to watch in this that I just can't get enough: a human toon! It's easy to see Chaplin's influence on Looney Toons, so perhaps the Linder-Looney Toons connection is through Chaplin (who was a big fan of Linder)? But I have never seen Chaplin as frenetically wacky as Linder is here. This is closer to Marx Bros turf. Too bad there wasn't more!
June 2, 2011 Subject:
BETWEEN 2 FIRES